The end of a marriage is difficult especially when children are involved. Laura Callahan, P.A., recognizes that each divorce case has its own set of unique circumstances, and skillfully works with clients in a compassionate and discreet manner to resolve issues.
When it comes to divorce Florida is a no-fault state
This means that that the parties do not have to prove wrongdoing by the other party to cause the divorce. The only requirements are that one of the parties must have been a Florida resident for at least six months prior to filing, and that one of the parties testify under oath that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
The divorce process involves the following steps:
- One party (the Petitioner) files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
- The second Party (the Respondent) is served notice and has 20 days to respond with an Answer. If there is no response the Court may enter a default.
- After the Answer is filed both parties are required to exchange certain documents and information used for trial preparation and to assist the Court in making decisions regarding all aspects of the case.
- After the parties exchange the required documents and papers they are required to participate in mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached the Court will set a trial. It may be short or lengthy depending on the type of divorce and the issues that are involved.
- A contested divorce occurs when the parties involved in the divorce do not agree on the terms and conditions. In this situation the Judge hears from both sides and will make decisions regarding parenting time, support, alimony, and equitable distribution, etc.
- An uncontested divorce occurs when the parties involved in the divorce agree on all terms and conditions. They enter into a marital settlement agreement, and the Judge will conduct a short final hearing and enter a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.
Each case is unique, and there are never guarantees regarding the outcome. It is critical to consult with an experienced divorce attorney. Laura Callahan, P.A., will evaluate your situation and explain your options.
Laura Callahan, P.A., will provide the legal assistance you need to pursue this journey.